On February 4th our alarm clocks were again set very early to leave home for that wonderful DX-location in Flanders Fields. 8 participants had signed up but unfortunately once again, one of our active participants had to cancel his trip because he felt feverish.
Leen van Oeveren, Jan Feenstra, Frank Huyghe, Marc van Leemputten, Aart Rouw, Dave Onley and yours truly Guido Schotmans were present.
The weather forecast didn’t look good for the weekend, but we had a lot of luck while putting up the Beverage antennas. It went smoothly even though we missed one of our “workhorses”. It’s becoming more routine now and we managed to put them up with only 2 guys. Propagation conditions didn’t look very promising for paths over the poles, so no
The other guys were busy putting up the shortwave antennas which didn’t seem to be an easy task under the windy conditions.
Sunday was the worst day with winds reaching 100 km/h. One of the masts of the longwire antenna did not survive. As you can see by the pictures, one section of the mast was very badly bent. A lot of racing around was done trying to save the other mast and checking damage. Dave walked the fields in the
We had also something to celebrate. Aart got permission from home for a few days off to celebrate his birthday, in a DXing environment. However, this resulted in frequent interruptions in his activities due to phone calls with birthday wishes.
night of the trip seemed to be the better one. For some strange reason,
Brazilians on Medium Wave are as difficult as they were easy on the Tropical
Bands in the old days, but we managed to catch several Firsts that could be
stored in our logbooks. It looked like we had to rename the
Jan Feenstra had built a very nice LZ1AQ loop that turned out to do much better than in the initial tests.
Monday morning skies were clear and the rain had disappeared. Excellent for taking down the antennas and driving home again around midday.
Our next trip in November, we will celebrate out 10th visit to Knollehof.
Look here for this excellent vacation home near the Belgian coast.
Thanks again to Hilde and Pieter for their hospitality.